Monday, April 7, 2014

Signs of Spring: Understanding and Accepting Our Personal and Professional Changes

Signs of Spring: Understanding and Accepting Our Personal and Professional Changes

Spring is magical! While the snows continue to flurry in the mountains, something starts to happen closer to the valley floor. New life springs up beneath wintry dirt and leaves and between old rocks, still shivering from winter. The sun’s rays crest the mountain tops, carefully warms the old rocks and the wintry dirt and the seeds and roots that lie beneath it all.

 Spring is amazingly symbolic of our own lives, especially the changes that we make and the opportunities that come to us. While in real life, spring comes only once per year, we can experiences numerous springs and beginnings and take advantage of the beauty and the newness of it all.

Change can happen often in our lives. Sometimes those changes come suddenly, like a loss of a family member, a loss of a job, or even a loss of something valuable in our lives. It is really how we deal with those changes that will allow us to have incredible spring times and flourishing lives. And thinking about spring and its many beautifies can only enhance our way of thinking and doing.

One of my most favorite spring flowers is the bleeding heart. It comes up early, and when it receives lots of sun, it grows inches every single day until those gorgeous pinkish red heart-shaped blossoms burst into being. When I look closely, I see incredible formations, some flat and others plump, but they are all divinely designed to look like hearts. Some are in clusters, but the ones that totally thrill me are the ones that are lined up on a single vine. So, we, too, must have open hearts to hear what needs to be heard and feel what needs to be felt in order for us to truly fulfill our destinies.

I also think of the crocus. They just pop up when they are good and ready. They don’t care if there is snow, rain, hail, or sleet. They burst through the cold ground, usually the first of the flowering plants in the garden. They are so sturdy. When I see them, I marvel at their tenacity of being the first ones to show their faces. That’s what entrepreneurs are. They are the first ones up and ready to go, no matter what the market seems to be saying. Their byline is “We’re ready! Are you?”

Ah, the beautiful daffodils. They are just plain stunning. If you look closely, they follow the sun, the source of light. For example, this morning when I was walking, I noticed that a huge cluster of daffodils in a neighbor’s yard was facing the rising sun. Now, you could barely see the rays just spilling over the mountains, but every single daffodil had transitioned its gorgeous yellow head toward the light.

In our case, the light signifies new ideas and opportunities. We move toward and focus on those wonderful ideas and opportunities. When we do, we can see them and eventually grasp them and then keep them in the light so they can grow and develop.

Not long after the crocus and daffodils—and sometimes together—come the hyacinths, pinks, whites, purples. They are a bit more solid, stouter than the crocus. Plus, their many blossoms format tight bonds that keep them straight and proud. They truly are a team, working together to make each other look bigger, better, stouter, just like our own teams in the workplace. We just do better and work more efficiently when we work as teams.

Another favorite of mine is the Magnolia tree, fondly called the “tulip tree” at our house. Literally, the branches are bare for a long time, and then the “tulips” also burst forth, hiding the ugly branches that hold their life. All of us possess flaws and challenges in our lives. But when we put forth our best qualities and grow and enhance them, we cover up the flaws. Now, the flaws haven’t gone away, and we still need to overcome them, but our good qualities and capabilities take over and create an incredible aura that attracts people to us.

The flowering trees and flowers are reminiscent of our own personal and professional changes. Each day we can watch these flowering wonders change, from tiny buds on a newly trimmed tree to full blossoms. We are like that, and so are our employees. We watch and we watch and we watch, and then one day: Poof! The blossoms are out and cover the whole tree. The flourish of beautiful colors is absolutely incredible. While it took time to bud and then to expand, it seems that the blossoms happen overnight although they really don’t. They literally have to mature to blossom.

So it is with us. We, too, must learn to blossom, no matter where we might be placed or what job we might have. Our perpetual springs will happen, perhaps not as fast as we will like, but they will happen. The key, then, is to continue watching and nurturing our skills and abilities and capacities, and we will blossom like those spring flowers in our gardens.

And, finally, we hope to understand and accept our personal and professional changes and bask in the growth they afford us.


  1. Exellent post, the flowers is so cute, thanks Dr. Hammon for your beatiful pics! Las mayoría de estas flores no las conocia.

  2. Loved the metaphor Darrel. The photos are wonderful too. Thanks for sharing the insight.

  3. Thanks, Jenny! Are you keeping up your Spanish? I am working with a non-profit in the Dominican Republic that is developing a Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (C-STEM). Part of C-STEM is a Teacher Development Institute. We are looking for master teachers in these content areas. Do you know any? It will be extremely helpful if they were fluent in Spanish. You can call me at 385-414-0028 or email: Plus, I would love to send you an abstract. We need lots of help.